Glyn Philpot's 'The Little Dancer'.

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Stand number: 336

The 4ft 8in x 3ft 9in (1.43 x 1.15m) oil on canvas represents a significant rediscovery.

When the catalogue for the Glyn Philpot exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery was penned in 1985, curator Robin Gibson wrote that ”in the absence of lost works such as the exquisite The Little Dancer of 1923, The Entrance to the Tagada of 1931 or Negro as Harlequin of 1937, a really complete assessment [of Philpot’s work] may not yet be possible”.

Since then all three pictures have been found (The Entrance to the Tagada set a record price for the artist at auction in 1986) – with this oil only recently located in a collection in Paris. As recorded by Daisy Philpot (the artist’s sister and subject of this painting), it seems the painting had been sent to France following its purchase by either Pierre Lebaudy (1865-1929) or his brother Paul Lebaudy (1858-1937) at the Royal Academy exhibition in 1923.

For sale in the region of €400,000.